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Three ways to save on your spring home improvement project

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 4:31:47 PM

If you’re in the mood for a change, consider taking on a home improvement project. Not only can a renovation spruce up the design of your property, it can also increase the value of your home.

If you’re afraid of the costs associated with remodeling projects, consider using these tricks and tips to reduce the amount of home improvement financing you need.

1. Buy the materials yourself. If you know exactly what you want, plan ahead and buy the materials yourself. According to Pablo Solomon, an artist and designer who helped his father repair and restore homes, contractors will often mark up the price of items such as countertops and cabinetry. A homeowner could save up to 25 percent if they purchased the materials themselves, reports Fox.

2. Shop smart and buy discounted materials. The internet can provide access to salvage warehouse websites, recycled materials and classified ads for businesses that specialize in providing consumers with discount items. The news source recommends websites such as and as well as ReStores for Habitat for Humanity.

3. Donate trash. A large cost associated with remodeling projects is trash and material removal. Therefore, consider inviting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to come in and remove fixtures and appliances if they are in decent condition.

"About 85 percent of a house is reusable," B.J. Perkins, Habitat's ReUse program manager, in Austin, Texas, told This Old House. "We can do a total takedown, or do a cherry-pick job and take the cabinets, the tub, the sink, and so on."ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800761189-ADNFCR